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October 12, 1984 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-10-12

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, October 12, 1984

LOCAL NEWS

'knollwood meeting lifts
l'iJC to $9 million level

to

JOSEPH SMALE

on receiving his

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lied Jewish Campaign major gifts leadership at Tuesday's meeting
luded, from left, Joseph and Graham Orley, Beth Lowenstein, speaker
.:--ing Bernstein, Barbara Berry and Paul D. Borman.

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The 1985 Allied Jewish Cam-
ign has jumped more than $1
• Ilion ahead of last year's pace
er two meetings of major
onors. Tuesday evening's meet-
g at Knollwood Country Club
&led $2 million to the total
ised last week at the home of
ax and Marjorie Fisher. The
ampaign now stands at $9.1 mil-
n toward its $22-23 million
oal.
The meeting at Knollwood
arked several firsts for the
ampaign: the first time a major
ampaign meeting solicited from
oth men and women, and the
st time a major meeting was
ld at an area country club.
obert Naftaly, general chairman
rthe Campaign with Stanley
ankel, also lauded the audience
r attending the meeting on the
"gbht of the first game of the
orld Series.
everal speakers described the
erious needs addressed by the
3mpaign. Sharon Hart dis-
ussed local needs, telling the
uests that local agencies re-
eived an eight percent increase
om the Campaign last year.
But still more is needed," she
id.
With the addition of the
echtman Federation Apart-
ents, Detroit now has apart-
ents for 400 Jewish senior citi-
ews — "but more than 1,000 are
till on the waiting list," Mrs.
Tart said, "and they have to wait
ihree to five years."
She told the audience that the
ewish Vocational Service had
,000 clients last year. She also
escribed JVS' Displaced
Jumemakers program, and Proj-
act Outreach which visits elderly
ws inside Detroit. On one out-
g- to Adat Shalom Synagogue, a
4)ject Outreach "client" desper-
tely clutched a piece of challa be-
ause she was so hungry.
_ Jane Sherman followed with a
escription of the Project Renewal
eds in Israel, using as examples
ur women in Detroit's Project
enewal
sister communities of
-
Ramla and Agash-Bilu. Mrs.
Sherman described how schools,
senior citizen day care centers and
.,ajbring have helped the resi-
dents of these areas. Also men-
Lioned was this summer's pro-
gram of sending 20 Detroit
jc- - iingsters to Ramla.
She cautioned, however, that

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economic problems in Israel will
force cuts in the Israeli share of
the Project Renewal budget.
"Without our help," she said, this
important program will falter.
Joseph Orley introduced
speaker Irving Bernstein, past
executive vice president of the
United Jewish Appeal, who spoke
in place of Jerrold Hoffberger.
Hoffberger, chairman of the
Jewish Agency, and his predeces-
sor in that position, Max Fisher,
were meeting in Washington with
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon
Peres.
"My rabbi speaks of the Jews of
reaction, not action. Elie Wiesel
calls us the Jews of silence,"
Bernstein said. "But it is our role
to insure that it never happens
again. If there is any validity to
this Campaign, any validity to
our coming together, it is to
strengthen our community, to
make sure history does not repeat
itself. We have changed, but the
world has not. It is just as callous
as before."
To illustrate his point, Berns-
tein referred to the anti-Semitism
of Black Muslim leader Louis
Farrakhan and many Third
World countries. "Israelis sleep in
Maalot" and other cities, Berns-
tein said, "not Chevy Chase or
Bloomfield Hills. They are sur-
rounded by enemies."
He recalled the Israeli losses to
terrorism and warfare, the hurt of
Holocaust survivors in losing
their sons in battle. Is it so dif-
ficult to understand why Israel
would trade 4,000 Arab captives
for six Israelis?" he asked.
In spite of the obstacles, the
dream is not over. Israel sells
flowers to Holland, fashions to
France and computers to America

"But can we sleep at night
knowing the Jewish Agency
budget is below the level it needs
to be at? The real question before
us is if we can achieve the goals we
have set." He added, "We won't do
it if we can't feel the cost of fail-
ure."
Bernstein concluded by talking
about his year-old grand-
daughter. "What kind of Jewish
life will she have?" he asked. "The
sound of the shofar on Rosh
Hashanah is a collective vow to
raise your children and your chil-
dren's children in peaCe and free-
dom."

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